James E. Ludlam, a pioneer in the practice of healthcare law, died Aug. 12 at the age of 93.
Born in 1914, Ludlam joined the law firm now known as Musick, Peeler & Garrett in 1940 in Los Angeles after graduating from Harvard Law School. His first assignment happened to be in healthcare, assisting a Long Beach, Calif., hospital with a tax matter, according to a Modern Healthcare article published when he was inducted into the magazines Health Care Hall of Fame in 2002. Ludlam remained with the firm for his entire career, during which he served as general counsel to the California Hospital Association, the Hospital Council of Southern California and Blue Cross of Southern California. In 1975, he worked closely with the California Legislature and then-Gov. Jerry Brown to craft landmark medical liability reform.
Ludlam was among four lawyers who in 1967 founded the Society of Hospital Attorneys, a precursor of the 10,000-member American Health Lawyers Association. Without his leadership, our members certainly would not have the same rich specialty in which to earn their living and contribute back to society, AHLA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Leibold wrote in an e-mail distributed to the associations past presidents, board and fellows. -- by Gregg Blesch
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